The pandemic crisis, and ensuing lockdown, forced many people to take stock and re-evaluate. For a time, there was a clear divide between life’s essentials and what’s considered to be a luxury. Often seen as essential, travel quickly became the latter.
To while away seemingly endless time, some people focused on creating their ultimate travel bucket list. As a housebound globetrotter, you may have spent countless hours daydreaming of escaping on holiday in 2020.
Travel restrictions may have temporarily limited the list of destinations that can be freely visited, but as more and more countries adapt and implement de-escalation safety changes, travellers are gradually gaining more freedom. In the UK, overseas travel has already been given the green light by the Government.
Countries are opening up their borders, and welcoming international visitors to come and enjoy autumn and winter post-lockdown breaks. Provided that you follow safety guidelines, there’s no reason why you can’t break for the border and enjoy a 2020 holiday.
The Chic Guide to Breaking for the Border
Although Brits have been chomping at the bit to board a plane to a foreign destination throughout spring and summer, in 2020, it’s no surprise that the top places to visit, as borders reopen, are the countries that are closer to home.
Hopping across the Channel to France is an absolute no-brainer for travellers in the UK wishing to dip their toe back into the travel waters, after COVID-19 lockdown. Brits love the nation of France for its fine cuisine, culture, history, diverse landscape, English-friendly language, and the fact that it’s so easy to get to.
If you’re celebrating travel freedom big style, by visiting the widely recognised best honeymoon destination in France, The Chess Hotel is the perfect place to stay on a 2020 holiday. The chic property is centrally located in the 9th arrondissement and offers easy access to Paris’s premier attractions.
On the outskirts of Paris, in a prestigious neighbourhood, Hotel de Pourtales is perfectly equipped to make your break comfortable, enjoyable and memorable. The luxury boutique property boasts just 11 chic apartments that feature contemporary design and high-quality facilities and amenities. The artsy vibe is authentically Parisian.
Travellers looking to enjoy the spirit of France, but with fewer people and more tranquillity, may prefer to visit the quaint town of Sabran. To upgrade your holiday to luxury status, stay at the Chateau De Montcaud. It’s surrounded by stunning parkland and nature, and is also a haven for gourmands.
Incorporating a variety of your favourite pastimes is easy at the Hotel Golf Chateau de Chailly. Once you’ve travelled to the French vineyard region of Burgundy, and Chailly-sur-Armancon, you can spend the remainder of your break enjoying swinging a club on the hotel’s pristine 18-hole golf course.
Over the years, the eastern European country of Croatia has become a top tourist destination for travellers from the UK. Brits have been mesmerised by Croatia’s rich history, heritage and culture. There’s also no denying that the hit HBO TV show Game of Thrones has done Croatia a huge service, by featuring many of its stunning locations in the acclaimed fantasy series.
The southern coastal city of Dubrovnik has a unique and special appeal of its own. Its ancient walled Old Town is the hidden gem of the city that is often referred to as the Pearl of the Adriatic.
Within Dubrovnik’s city walls sits 16th-century St Joseph’s, a townhouse lovingly and carefully refurbished over a 2-year period, perfect for guests looking to enjoy a 2020 holiday. A truly charming 6-room hotel that’s full of character. Nestled on a cobbled side road in the centre of the pedestrian-only Old Town, and just moments from the main street of Stradun, the elegant property is family-run and easily reachable from both Pile and Ploče gate, where you’ll be greeted by a member of staff to assist with luggage. Inside, fresh flower arrangements and cake stations can be found as you wind your way up the staircase to your bedroom.
When most people think about Switzerland, images of chocolate, cheese, fondue and skiing instantly spring to mind. Yet the nation that is bordered by France, Italy, Germany, Austria and Liechtenstein is often overlooked when travel plans are being made.
It’s time to rediscover the wonders of Switzerland, and to enjoy its unique microclimates on a 2020 holiday. Home to the most peaks over 400m in Europe, Switzerland really is a photographer’s playground. There are beautiful lakes, the world’s most photographed mountain – the Matterhorn, a melting pot of cultures, and of course, the finest chocolate in the world!
The global, financial and worldwide centre of diplomacy, Geneva, is the perfect first-time place to visit in this diverse country. Check into the oldest privately owned hotel in the city, Beau Rivage Geneva, to be conveniently situated to access the beautiful lakeside and the shopping district. The refined landmark hotel has played host to many famous celebrities, royalty, Maharajahs and politicians over the years, and is luxuriously designed, and embellished with marble, candelabras and lavish floral arrangements.
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